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Author & Title: Giorgio Marchetti, Attention and Conscious Experience, in Alvarado L. (ed.) Consciousness. Social Perspectives, Psychological Approaches and Current Research, Nova Science Publishers, NY, 2016.

 

Abstract:

Through consciousness, we human beings have been acquiring a great capability to master and autonomously act in our environment. In this chapter, I put forward the hypothesis that attention plays an essential role in both the emergence of consciousness and the enhancement of our autonomy. In this regard, two main features of attention are of essence: its pulse-like nature and the possibility of being controlled top-down. These features allow for a constructive process composed of the segmentation of the continuous stream of undifferentiated information, and, with the support of working memory, the re-combination of isolated, attended pieces of information. This constructive process lies at the basis of every kind of language, and allowed for the creation of new “experiential dimensions”, such as science, art, economy, and politics, which proved to be essential for the development and progress of the human species.

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Keywords: Conscious experience, attention, language

 

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